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House of Lords launches internet security inquiry

Members of the House of Lords are set to quiz representatives of UK payments association Apacs and credit card firm Visa as part of their inquiry into personal internet security today (Wednesday).

A sub-group of the Lords’ science and technology committee will hear evidence from Apacs head of security, Colin Whittaker, and business security consultant Richard Martin, along with senior executives from Visa.

Philip Robinson, sector leader for financial crime at the Financial Services Authority will also give evidence.

The Lords inquiry will examine the nature and scale of the security threat to private individuals, whether the government is doing enough to tackle the problem and whether the current regulatory and criminal law framework is strong enough.

The inquiry will also consider public understanding of security threats, how security can be improved and whether action from software and hardware manufacturers is required.

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